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Help with revolver history: Rohm RG10s

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by swidgen, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. swidgen

    swidgen New Member

    A good friend of mine has offered me a pretty neat little gun. If anyone can tell me anything about it I would appreciate it. This would be my first gun, so please tell me the obvious also.

    Markings (handle): Rohm, other side RG10s

    Barrel: Cal. 22 short, stamped insignia "ccc"? in a cross type design with an "n" underneath it (same insignia on the body), Rohm G.M.R.H. Sontheim/BR., made in Germany

    Body: "63" with an antler insignia and the "ccc/n" thing.

    Thanks in advance

  2. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

    Your friend is no friend of yours, that revolver is the prototypical Saturday night special. Don't get it. Calling it garbage is to complement it.
  3. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    I agree. Pass on that gun. The materials and workmanship are substandard.
  4. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Rohm has an absolutely ghastly reputation - and it's well-deserved. Don't go near that thing!
  5. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    Rohm RG10. What a gun!

    The history of Rohm began in Bulgaria where goats were bred to have muscular intestines. These goats were fed ferrous and alloy scrap metal and kept in huge mountainous pastures. Each day afterwards, the peasant farmers would gather Rohm revolvers among the toadstools.

    Avoid this gun. Do not buy it. Don't even accept it if it is given to you! It is one of the worst guns available, and even if it does function, it will not function for long. There are much better guns out there, some for the same money. If you want an inexpensive first gun, simply state your budget and desires. You will get a plethora of helpful replies.
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Oh, it'll go bang, about once out of every three or four tries...:rolleyes: I had one I think I got out of a cracker jack box. I was elated it wasn't another fake tattoo. But, after trying it, I traded it for a fake tattoo.

    Seriously, I had one. It was a Gibson's discount on sale for under 30 bucks back in the day and I just had to try it. It looked a lot like a blank pistol, but wasn't as reliable. I never found a hole in a target, though, probably would have hit better with the blank pistol.
  7. SDC

    SDC Well-Known Member

    Your particular one was made in Germany in 1963, and imported before the cut-off imposed by the "Gun Control Act of 1968"; as noted, only slightly better than a rock or a pointy stick, but they sold well enough that RG Industries was set up in Florida to manufacture the exact same designs that could no longer be imported from overseas.
  8. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    History of the RG revolver,,,,,
    This was the pre 1968 German revolver version of the Jennings J-22 semi automatic pistol.
    There is nothing neat about these guns.
    They are junk.
  9. pharmer

    pharmer Well-Known Member

    I had one I paid all of $1o for. Would not hit a gallon jug from 5 feet, would not fire reliabl. Pin fell out and barrel shroud fell off. Fell in a local lake when fishing about 10 years ago and that's where it belongs. Joe
  10. Tijeras_Slim

    Tijeras_Slim Well-Known Member

    It's not a revolver, it's a handheld pipebomb.
  11. joab

    joab Well-Known Member

    I usually defend the guns that others call junk, but in this case their reputation is well deserved.

    I bought one NIB and unfired many many years ago, the same one you are talking about.

    It never failed to fire or gave me any malfunctions.
    But every time I shot it i felt a sensation of sand blowing in my face.
    For some reason one day (I only had it for about a month) I had my left hand up when I fired it.

    I found out what the sand was.
    The gun was so badly timed that it was shaving lead and blowing it back in every direction.

    Shards of lead went so far into my hand that they had to be cut out.

    I tried to give it to a gunsmith I knew as a parts gun and he laughed at me.

    I told him if he didn't want it he could smack it with a hammer.
    The gun broke into three or four pieces when he did.

    You know that lady that is always shrieking about guns being dangerous, she's talking about RGs
  12. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    You might have gotten $50, maybe even $100 dollars for it in one of those by back things the big cities put on to "get the guns off the street" from time to time. If I lived in LA, I'd buy every one of these little POSs I could find for ten bucks and make a living at it. :D
  13. Harry Paget Flashman

    Harry Paget Flashman Well-Known Member

    My brother-in-law gave me one in the 70's. It reliably spit lead everywhere... 360°. My biggest regret was giving it away myself. I should have taken a ball peen hammer to it and sent it to a landfill.
  14. highlander 5

    highlander 5 Well-Known Member

    my cousin had one. safest place to be when fired in front of it:what: :what: :what:
  15. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    Now, now. That was my first ever handgun (age 11, iirc). I traded 2 boxes of 12ga ammo for it. I got took to the cleaners. Even tho' it's a .22 short, an enterprising (stupid) young person can take a .22LR HP, file down the bullet so that the OAL is less than the cylinder, and have some REAL fun with that revolver. Just don't ask me how I know.
  16. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Rohm Revolvers

    " = less than junk" :D :eek:
  17. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I've owned a lot of junky guns that actually worked or had some other redeeming quality, but not the RG revolver. I tossed it, small loss.
  18. swidgen

    swidgen New Member

    I love this forum already! Thanks for the info. I was going to take it down to the range today but I think I will pass. He said I could have it but I think I will pass. It certainly fit my budget (free) but I will start a new thread regarding a good bang for the buck first time revolver.
  19. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Want a first time bang for the buck revolver, look to Rossi. Quality for about as little money as you can buy it. It's no Smith and Wesson, but then, it's no RG either.:D They time well, last well, shoot well, just lack the refined look and DA trigger of higher priced guns.

    I don't know if there's anything offered today that's as junky as the RG revolver was, thank goodness. I'm always buying cheap guns, so I kinda know what works and what don't. There's some good stuff on the market, quality stuff like the Rossis and pot metal stuff that works anyway. There's also still some junk even I wouldn't have, but nothing like the RG revolver that's actually dangerous to fire.
  20. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    It is an historical (bad) example of the classic Saturday Night
    Special and may be blamed for inspiring the 1968 Gun Control Act.
    A curio, a relic, but not a shooting, working firearm.

    The 1968 Gun Control Act got those low power (.22 short),
    inaccurate, unreliable, unsafe and cheap revolvers off the
    market, so when today's criminal steals a gun to use or
    sell to a fence, he knows he's getting a powerful, accurate,
    reliable, safe and more expensive weapon, because that is
    what is left on the market.
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